Christmas Tree Stand Box

Christmas Tree Stand Box - Featured Image

Replacing your Christmas Tree Apron with a Christmas Tree Stand Box may just be one of the best moves you’ll ever make! Here is my scientific backing for that thought: First, your Christmas tree will look better with it. Second, You won’t lose presents all the way at the base of the tree and have to go belly crawling to get to them! Third, because you are blocking off the dark abyss of the tree trunk, it will look like you have more presents around the tree on Christmas morning, which of course will make the kiddos happy!

If you are looking for another cool Christmas build, check out our DIY Stocking Holder…it would look awesome paired with this build!

This particular build is for a 26 ½” x 28″ Christmas Tree Stand Box that will fold together in two pieces, and be held together by some simple but effective hardware. Both on the video and on this post, I will be showing how to make the box with standard lumber you can get from your local hardware store. That being said, this is also a great project to use scrap wood for and cut it down to size, which is what I ended up doing. Just remember that a 1″x3″ board is really ¾”x2 ½” and a 1″x4″ is really ¾”x3 ½”.

Tools you will need to build the Christmas Tree Stand Box

Supplies for the Christmas Tree Stand Box

This project isn’t going to build itself, let’s get going!

As I mentioned above, this is a great project to use scrap/leftover wood for. I had a bunch of 1x scraps that were anywhere from 9-30 inches long, so I ripped them down to standard size. At the end of this project, I spent under $7 (for a couple of pieces of hardware and a foam brush). At the time of writing this blog, the Christmas Tree Stand Box would have only cost me $32 if I had bought all my materials from Lowes. Not too shabby!

Cut List for the Stand Box

  • (28) 1″x4″x6″ (True Measurements would be ¾” x 3 ½” x 6″)
  • (8) 1″x3″x9″ (True Measurements would be ¾” x 2 ½” x 9″)
  • (8) 1″x3″x21 ¼” (True Measurements would be ¾” x 2 ½” x 21 ¼”)

Time to Build the Christmas Tree Stand Box

With all our boards cut and ready to go, let’s get our frames built. The cool thing about this project is you are basically building 1 panel, then repeating the exact same process 3 more times. To begin with, we are going to drill 1 pocket hole on each end of our 1″x2″x21 ¼” boards. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, then the first thing I would recommend doing is click this link and ordering one real quick, it will be the most used tool in your shop, I promise! However, you can still do this build without it you want. You will spend a little more time gluing and clamping, so make sure you are patient today!

Christmas Tree Stand Box - Kreg Pocket Holes

With all your 21 ¼” boards looking like the photo above, now let’s build the frames. For this you are going to need 1 ½” pocket hole screws and some glue. If you are tired of fighting with the glue bottle then make sure to check out my review on the Glu-Bot, for under $10 it will be a major headache relief for your shop! The easiest way to do this will be to lay one of the 9″ boards face down on the table, and then glue and attach a 21 ¼” board to the top and bottom. Then put glue on the other side of the 2 boards and attach the other side of the frame (like in the photo below).

Christmas Tree Stand Box - Frame

Now just do the same thing 3 more times…easy huh?

Attaching the Planks

Before you start throwing planks on here, you need to make a mark at ¾” from each edge. It is important that your two outside planks go to, but not past those marks. It is crucial to how it will all fit together. Depending on how true your board sizes are you may have to rip one board a little smaller to make fit. Now you can put a bead of glue all the way around the inside of the frame (between your pocket holes and the edge of the board) and lay your planks like in the photo below. While you don’t have to screw them down, I would recommend that you do. I would advise you to predrill one hole on each side and use a 1 ¼” wood screw.

Christmas Tree Stand Box - Frame Back

You’ve almost done it, great job!

You are so close to being done. Now we just need to attach all this together. First I will stand the pieces up and temporarily lay them against each other (photo below). Then I am going to add a hinge or 2 (that is up to you and your budget) on two opposite corners. Now you will be able to fold up the two halves when storing. On the other two inside corners, I am going to add a double roller catch. This will make sure that the stand box stays together when it goes under the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree Stand Box - Top View
Christmas Tree Stand Box - Hinge
Christmas Tree Stand Box - Double Roller

Last Step!

The last thing you want to do to the Christmas Tree Stand Box is to get it sanded down, and painted or stained. On my finished photos, I used a Special Walnut stain by Minwax. (It ended up showing a little redder in my photos than it really is). Now, I just need you to take a photo and tag us on any of our social media channels so I can see it and share it!

Christmas Tree Stand Box

Thanks for taking time to build with me today, I really do appreciate it and I can’t wait to hang out again soon! Merry Christmas!

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